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Disability Resources & Educational Services

Request an Academic Screening

Academic Screening Intake

Thank you for your interest in an Academic Screening. The Academic Screening is the first step in a psychological evaluation to explore symptoms of ADHD, a Learning Disability, or another psychiatric condition (e.g. anxiety or depression). The Academic Screening is a diagnostic interview, and this can be done online. However, the follow-up assessments that are necessary to accurately make many diagnoses requires the administration of assessments in-person, over the course of several hours. The continued pandemic, concerns about meeting face-to-face with students, and personal safety precautions that must be taken to meet with students face-to-face has reduced our capacity to provide the number of evaluations we have in previous years. 

DRES has also received a dramatic increase in students requesting screenings for ADHD since the pandemic. The transition to primarily online work, a reduction in social and other recreational activities, and an increase in generalized anxiety due to the pandemic can all produce symptoms similar to ADHD, such as inattention and feelings of restlessness. This is a normal and expected response to the current extraordinary circumstances. 

Due to these factors, DRES will not be accepting self-referrals for Academic Screenings for the fall 2020 semester or the spring 2021 semester. 

Students who have longstanding concerns about ADHD or a Learning Disability are encouraged to speak to a provider about these concerns, and discuss with that provider if an evaluation for ADHD or a Learning Disability is appropriate for them. The Counseling Center and McKinley Health both have providers that can speak with students about the process of psychological evaluation for these conditions. It is then recommended that provider reach out to DRES, such as sending a letter of referral, summarizing the student's longstanding symptoms and recommending an evaluation. DRES will then follow up with that student. 

If DRES has reached capacity for evaluations, this page will be updated to reflect that. DRES does not maintain a waitlist. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Teresa Davenport, Ph.D. at tdavenpo@illinois.edu

If you would like an academic screening sooner than DRES can provide, or in another area outside of Champaign-Urbana, please consider the following options, though it should be noted that their wait times may also be long due to the pandemic. 

1) You can request an academic screening from a licensed psychologist or a psychiatrist in the Champaign-Urbana community or your home community. This option would likely require you to utilize your health insurance and may include an out-of-pocket expense for you.  We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to obtain a list of covered providers. We then recommend you contact those providers to determine what costs you will incur and discuss payment options with each provider before scheduling an assessment.

2) You may also want to consult with your primary care physician in your home community. If they are not willing to provide a diagnosis, they can refer you to psychologist or psychiatrist in your community who provide assessment using your insurance as in number 1.

Psychologist Referral List for Academic Screenings/Psychological Evaluations in Champaign-Urbana:

  • Catherine York, Ph.D.
  • Carle
  • 601 W. University Ave.
  • Urbana, IL 61801
  • Main Office: (217) 383-3440
  • Kathryn Leskis, Ph.D.
  • Illinois NeuroBehavioral Assessment Laboratory (INBAL)
  • 301 North Neil Street, Suite 210
  • Champaign, Illinois 61820
  • (217) 300-8626
  • kkl@illinois.edu
  • Graceway Psychology Group
  • 201 West Springfield Ave
  • Suite 211
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • (217) 621-6180

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